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Well Met At Nceca

01 April 2015 - 09:25 AM

By now, many of you have read the thread where I walked into the meeting with my hat off, and no one knew me. So I thought I would post a picture of me with my hat off here. It will be obvious why I wear a hat outside, as there is nothing worse than rain running off of a bald head down your neck. Other side of coin is the blazing sun that can leave blisters the size of quarters especially when demonstrating outside all day. So here is a pic taken with some great personalities that I met, Tom Roberts and John Baymore.

Lifting The Veil Of Naiveté

29 March 2015 - 04:32 PM

As mentioned before, I have never been good with names. I have seen a ton of pots over the years, some I liked, some I thought clunky, some I thought were chasing avante garde to be the next big thing, some I thought they were using the limits of technique for an excuse for poor design or craftsmanship. This is  part of my naivete and the lack of depth in my understanding of many aspects of ceramics. That said, this last NCECA was quite an eye opener in many ways. Going around with Tom, looking at and handling a number of pots clarified, and reinforced many of my own beliefs I had about ceramics that I had assumed were prejudices on my own part.


At the same time, I attended some sessions that exposed me to some different ideas, and artists. I also heard some say they never went to demonstrations because they knew most of what people were doing. Maybe I being a teacher, and having a pretty well rounded background in making would not get anything new out of them. However, I usually approach a demo in a different way. I may know the pots, but not the person. I go to a demo to relate to the person, to understand as best I can what influences them, and to see how they approach the work. Often I am quite surprised, and sometimes quite disappointed. At this NCECA I was blown away to discover a name I had never seen before, look at work that was completely new and fresh to me and to watch an individual that worked tirelessly demonstrating, answering questions and taking part in discussion with careful honest opinions. However, in retrospect he mouthed very little, but his work spoke volumes. I had never heard of Gustovo Perez before the conference, my bad. However, if you have never heard of him, or seen his work, please google him. In my humble opinion, he is akin to a Picasso of ceramics.


So have you gone to an event, and seen something or someone that you have never heard of or seen before that raised your "veil of naivete"?




Nc Potters Conference

19 December 2014 - 07:36 PM

I just got an email on the NC Potters conference. This year theme is Japan. The following link is to the conference info.




I hope I did not cross any lines by posting this. I have enjoyed this conference the two times I have attended, and will be looking forward to this years.



Fall To Winter Projects

06 October 2014 - 08:11 AM

Temperatures here have been dipping into the lower 40's at night, and the shop is in need of heat early mornings. As Winter makes its way, I will be finishing up the chalices and patens for next Spring, finishing Christmas gifts, and completing some Canister sets. When Winter make it here, shop will be closed down til Spring. Electric is just too expensive to heat a brick garage for sub freezing temps.


What will you be doing for Fall, and Winter?

Kudos To Marcia For Her Article In Sept/oct 14, Pottery Making

27 August 2014 - 01:52 PM

I just finished my preliminary peruse of the latest Pottery Making Magazine. The article by Marcia Selsor was an excellent introduction to the Obvara process. Excellent pictures of pots with close ups of textures. A nice, but brief historical background, and a summary of the process.  Thanks for your contribution Marcia, great work!